Before the shoot,please feed baby 2-3 hours prior and plan on feeding him/her as soon as you arrive for your session. Also,please do not let him/her sleep beforehand, instead try giving him/her a bath, let him/her kick with only a diaper, tickle him/her toes, and even let him/her fuss for a little bit (no pacifiers) for the few hours beforehand. This will ensure those squishy,sleepy newborn pictures! I can't stress that it's so important to do your best to keep him/her awake.
t will be warm in the studio. Due to this, I come dressed for a warm few hours and suggest you do too! Session last between 2-3 hours, sometimes longer if baby is a light sleeper, or is hungry! The easiest way to ensure a sleepy baby is the willingness to nurse/bottlefeed off and on. If you can bring the soothes pacifier the hospital sent you home with. It's the bendable, green/blue/orangish one, and won't leave marks. Even if you haven't used one, just for the 2 hours that i'm posing him/her usually really helps.
Mom and dad you are a big part of the show. Photographing the connection between you and your baby. Just as they encourage in the hosptial, skin to skin contact creates the most beautiful images.
Dads: if you prefer not to be shirtless I ask that you bring a plain t-shirt to wear with a good pair of jeans or dress pants.
Moms: I suggest a plain tank top or simple top. Keep the color neutral and design simple. Be sure that you have no nail polish your hands will make their way into the images. Also, rest assured, I aim to photograph using flattering angles and use natural light, if need I will use other lighting to bring out the natural beauty in your family.
Including older brother/sister (s) in your newborn's portraits is the perfect way to document this fleeting time in your lives.
Sister (s): Please bring along a wrap that would act as the perfect top or bring a snug fitting tank in a neutral color. I ask that girls hair be natural or in braids and free of bows,headbands, etc. Just as with mom. no nail polish please.
Brothers (s): a snug pair of jeans and a shirtless are preferred, please take a few moments to chat with your son about this so he feels prepared for the session-if he prefers not, a tight white t-shirt is fine